Brain-based learning refers to teaching methods, lesson designs, and school programs that are based
on the latest scientific research about how the brain learns, including such factors as cognitive
development – how students learn differently as they age, grow, and mature socially, emotionally,
Brain-based learning is motivated by the general belief that learning can be accelerated and
improved if educators base how and what they teach on the science of learning, rather than on past
educational practices, established conventions, or assumptions about the learning process.
A learning theory derived from neuroscience, multisensory learning suggests that students can
better understand and retain information when multiple senses are engaged. Multisensory learning
techniques attempt to use multiple senses to allow students to engage with course materials in
more than one way. Students might be given a chance to visually examine, touch, smell, and/or taste
an object of study.
The Montessori Method, which is used well into our elementary years, ensures that a multisensory
approach is used to engage children in a manner that concepts are understood through active
exploration. As children learn in groups and in small communities, the learning experience is rich
with enquiry based learning and higher order thinking.
At higher grades the Theory of Experiential learning is at the epicentre of our teaching practices.
Experiential learning situates the classroom as an environment that needs to be highly engaging,
collaborative, and reflective. Experiential learning techniques focus on the principle of learning by
doing. Students are encouraged to memorize information and put it to use before reflecting on the
experience. The goal is for students to engage intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically
Brain-based learning techniques are about meeting students where they are and helping them find
ways to connect with class material. We believe that by staying up-to-date on how the brain best
engages with, retains, and transfers information, teachers who ascribe to the brain-based learning
mindset can help their students reach their fullest potential.